Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Carrie is a warm hearted animal friend. It seems like the pregnant mothers knows that and goes to were Carrie and her family live.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
AWL's beautiful friends Craig and Tracey Kleber's companion is now by the Rainbow Bridge.
Craig wrote a heart warming letter that touched us incredibley and I want to share it with you.
I got his permission to post the farewell letter.
You are on this letter because you met me, or knew of me through my parents. I want to thank all of you for being nice to me. I was the eleven year old, blind, patially deaf, mangy dog everyone passed by at the Sunday adoption in Santa Monica. But I had lots of potential - no I was not handicapped, I was special, and the people who gave me a chance got to know a great little dog. I hope I am a lesson to all people; do not turn away from the physically challenged, we have gifts others do not. Just look at what I became! How did I arrive at my lucky last five years after being ignored, neglected and not given good medical treatment? Cate (Used Pets rescue and adoption), a truly kind soul, rescued me, she saw me walking the rougher streets of LA with no eyesight - I don't know how I was not run over. My parents, who volunteered with Cate, adopted me after seeing me week after week not getting any attention at the adoption - nothin'. With really good care from Dr. Lisa and Dr. Victor, lots of grooming and good food, dog chews and people food scraps, I got healthy. I was glad to be spoiled. Creature and Vinnie did not know what to make of me; I bumped into them, I didn't run, I slept a lot, I liked being outdoors more than in. It was tough at the beginning. But I learned to climb up and down patio stairs, go exploring deep in the bushes and emerge without help, always show up for a treat in the rear garden. I barked a lot because I wanted people to know I was coming or to protect the house form the pool guy and neighborhood dogs. If you spent time with me, you watched me out-beg my brothers, not back down to bigger dogs or ward off the mailman - lots of you said I was cute. But this weekend I said goodbye. I wanted to go to heaven, I asked my parents and they said it was okay. My little body was betraying me to the point where I was not me anymore. Dr. Victor who was so kind, and helped me on my journey, said it best - my soul had already left my body, I was now looking for an escape. So I escaped to a better place. So now I have eyes again, I am running, I am happy and healthy. Thank you all for making my last years on earth so wonderful. 'Be comforted, little dog, thou too in the Resurrection, shall have a little golden tail' - Martin Luther
Sunday, August 22, 2010
When the bandages were taken off, Sky started right away to lick his leg in such a speed, he could finally feel the blood pumping. You know that tingling feeling when an arm or leg is "asleep"? That is what he felt, times 10!
Look at his poor leg totally a mess. Sometimes wounds and small fractures heals better without anything. Always contact a qualified veterinarian, and make sure to return to him for check ups.
This morning was a bittersweet one. Ringo, 12 years old, been at the shelter since 2003, was in such a bad condition that my first thought was; we have to let him go. But first like always, an examination and x-ray of his swollen right front leg.
What a guy! We were able to do everything and he didn't say anything or do anything, I admire these animals so. He had chronic erlichia, he was anemic, he was a skeleton, and the x-ray confirmed a tumor in his leg. All of this, and his age and weight-loss, convinced us that we had to euthanize him.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
One of the 15 days old puppies. Hard to imagine such a small creature would grow to be one of the largest in the dog-world.
Can't you just sense the nobility?
This is no way to start a healthy, long life!
Working on rescue plan called "Jen Mission" We will make it!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Jenn from Hotel Agora introduced me to "the people that feed" them, and she wants to sponsor this "rescue project." AWL will have them spayed and neutered but they also need a nice place to be able to relax in for the rest of their lifes. A garden with dog house would be just perfect! They are so sweet together.
Tomorrow I will go and medicate the female.
They are both approximately 4 years-old, and the female appears to have been a "puppy-mill mama" --- lots of litters in her few years.
The puppies are also up for adoptions. Please help them!
Remember the blog about the two dogs that were owned by an American and a person "helped" her adopt them away. Well they ended up in "rough" shelter/kennel, not the loving home the owner was lead to believe they went to.
AWL found the owner and brought them together. Lilly she kept, but Frankie she didn't want to keep (small home and too much work for her with 2 dogs).
Well, Frankie is being fostered by Tammy (pictured) and her 5 dogs. She tells me he is a wonderful dog. Happy and loves to play; he adjusts great and very quickly to the pack, family home. He is 2 years old.
Frankie together with his two new best friends friends.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
It’s one thing to have compassion.August, Friday the 13th; unlucky for some, indifferent for many, but a most wonderful day for AWL. It was a day of awareness, at a fundraiser in Lago Patria at the Agora Hotel. Over 350 folks came to listen, learn and give generously to help support the AWL mission. By the end of the evening, over 4500 euro was generated, and in Mia’s words ………. “That’s Amore!”
It’s another to put that compassion
AWL – Compassion through Action
AFN came to broadcast, and local businesses sponsored the cause through contributed services and merchandise. An Italian adoption agency came to publicize available dogs. Disney characters walked around collecting money, children had their faces painted, and for the not too shy, a full body massage was available! It was also an opportunity for people to meet and connect with others that share that common compassion – the perfect fuel for motivation!
Not surprisingly, one of the most common questions of the evening was:
“What can we do – the problem is so huge here what difference does it make?”
The second part of our answer to that question is silent. It lies deep in the eyes of the animals, whose before and after photos were on display. Those are the AWL stories with “furryytail” endings. So the question back to those that asked is:
“Isn’t saving just one animal worth it?”
Here’s to a wonderfully successful and hopefully recurring event. An immeasurable, heartfelt thanks to all, because without supporters there would be no victories.
Now, that’s Amore!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Early in the night, but the food is starting to be served. Great weather, great food and friends, super music, and a wonderful event.
Jennifer of Hotel Agora, we love you THANK YOU so much for pulling this fundraiser together and with such a success. What an Amore lady you are. We also want to thank Trina who did a fantastic work with the AWL scrap book and adoption ornaments around the pool. Lynn your bright ideas with experience was welcomed.
You ladies are amazing.
Andy and Ike for good entertainment and the raffle show.
Rita for the great AWL art, it looked amazing.
Anna with the Pluto, Pongo and Goofy friends, we loved that!
All the volunteers, wow you made the fundraiser turn out to a warm Amore evening.
You all made a wonderful evening blossom and the money blooming.
More pictures to follow together with more stories and thank you's!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
AWL helped and saved the life on the other dog since he was nearly "going over to the other side" from Parvo, They were so grateful.
Never could I believe that they would cold harted dump a dog that had stayed with them.
We are so tired of people getting away so easy!
Martina and Pio brought Morena to LegaPro were she could be sterilized, microchip thanks to AWL. Martina had found someone that could take care of Morena up in Rimini, (12h drive back and forth) and AWL sent out a request for help.
She is so wonderful, quiet and loving. When Lynn came to pick up Bonita, Thelma snuggled up into Lynns arms. Todd is so in touched by Thelma too, and today her stiches were removed and at the same time she got a microchip in Mia's and Todd's name.